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Button and Dennis in conflict over F1 future - Ron hits out at his driver as Jenson shares out the blame

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Button and Dennis in conflict over F1 future
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Jenson Button has deflected comments from McLaren chief Ron Dennis that he may not be trying hard enough to succeed this year. The Brit has a contract with the team for the rest of the season but his future after that is up in the air. Button suggests he isn’t thinking that far ahead but can likely see himself staying at McLaren, but do the team still want him?

Ron Dennis’ “try harder” comments have made headlines, but racing director Éric Boullier has clarified: “We are evaluating strategies and we are lucky to have two drivers who want to commit to us for the future. We have contractually some options we can pick up, so we are not in a rush to decide.”

In the Thursday press conference at Silverstone, Button also brushed off his boss’ thoughts: “I think when we’re in the position that we have been in for 18 months, it’s not easy. For anyone within the team. So, no, I think we all need to work harder as a team. I don’t think we should be pointing a finger at any individual within the team.”